Week 4 of the Young Stewards Program will give campers the chance to experience the pitch-pine forests and the winding cedar water rivers that have enabled unique plants and animals to thrive in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. During this week the campers will also spend one night of the week camping out in Fernbrook’s forest in tents. Campers will work together while paddling through these waters and hiking through the forests. In addition to off-farm field trips, Monday and Friday are spent on the farm exploring Fernbrook and making connections with the natural world.
On-Farm Overnight Camping Week
With a high demand from past campers and their parents who want them to have a camping experience, but may not be able to commit to a 4-day/3-night trip. This camping experience will consist of weekly day trips and 1 night of camping in Fernbrook’s forest. All of the campers that participated in the on-farm camping weeks last summer really loved the experience! The campers will assist the staff in preparing dinner and breakfast over the campfire, set up their own tents, and enjoy exploring the sights and sounds of Fernbrook after dark.
In past summers we have:
- Participated in a Pine Barrens Ecology Program with the Pinelands Institute for Natural and Environmental Studies at Whitesbog Village.
- Toured Batsto Lake by canoe/kayak with Wharton State Forest Naturalist Gil Mika.
- Canoed approximately 7 miles of the Wading River exploring the winding cedar waters of the Pinelands.
- Hiked portions of the Batona Trail, Wells Mills County Park, and Rancocas State Park.
- Paddled the Mullica River, the Wading River, and Oswego Lake.